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Published on 21 May 2014 Feature
The study, led by Newcastle University and published this week in Earth and Planetary Science Letters, explains for the first time why the upward motion of the Earth's crust in the Northern Antarctic Peninsula is currently taking place so quickly. Previous studies have shown Earth is 'rebounding' due to the overlying ice sheet shrinking in response to climate change. This movement of the land was…
Published on 21 May 2014 Feature
“The actions China takes in the next decade will be critical for the future of China and the world,” the study said. “Whether China moves onto an innovative, sustainable and low-carbon growth path this decade will more or less determine both China’s longer-term economic prospects in a natural resource-constrained world, … and the world’s prospects of cutting greenhouse gas emissions sufficiently to manage the grave…
Published on 21 May 2014 Global
The chart below is the consensus forecast for the El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) from NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center (CPC) and the International Research Institute (IRI) for Climate and Society: If this El Niño does start fairly quickly and become quite strong, as many currently expect, then 2014 could well become the hottest year on record, and 2015 would likely break all previous global records…
Published on 21 May 2014 Global
In particular, the numbers show a shift from the developed world to developing countries as the main bases of operations for renewable growth. In China alone, solar installations increased five-fold from 2011 to 2013, providing the demand that’s largely fueled solar’s momentum. IRENA also pointed to skills shortages among global workers as one factor that could hold back further growth, though that kind of thing…
Published on 21 May 2014 Southeast Asia
U Thein Sein laid out a three-point framework that he said could stem the impact of climate change on the region. The plan begins by bolstering the ASEAN Humanitarian Assistance Centre (AHA), which he described as unable to adequately respond to natural disasters in its current form. The AHA headquarters in Jakarta opened in 2012 but it has relatively little capacity despite being in a…
Published on 21 May 2014 Global
According to David Wasdell, who leads on feedback dynamics in coupled complex global systems for the European Commission's Global System Dynamics and Policy (GSDP) network, "Every word and line of the text previously submitted by the scientific community was examined and amended until it could be endorsed unanimously by the political representatives." In a detailed paper critiquing the WG1 Summary for Policymakers, Wasdell revealed that…
Published on 21 May 2014 Global
Labour supported Arthur Scargill's determination to keep pits open. The party prevented Tony Blair from building any nuclear power stations, instead tipping subsidies into wind, which merely encouraged Britain's dependency on coal, now at 38% and rising. Global coal consumption is at its highest level since 2006, and mocks all attempts at emissions discipline. The past two decades of a "rush to renewables" remains a…
Published on 21 May 2014 Philippines
Philippine President Benigno Aquino III switched on the plant at an opening ceremony in San Carlos City on Thursday. In its first phase, the San Carlos City project features 13 MW of power capacity, which will be expanded to 22 MW in the coming months. Once complete, the plant will generate enough electricity in a year to power the equivalent of 13,000 local homes. Conergy…
Published on 21 May 2014 Indonesia
Head of the ministry’s research and development agency, Achmad Poernomo, said the symposium was held in order to find the right way forward on the matter. Achmad added that the government is in the middle of preparing legal documentation so it can produce policies on blue carbon. “We need to be able to produce rules and regulations that will make sure we gain maximum benefit…
Published on 21 May 2014 Philippines
The following link will take you to INQUIRER.net: https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/602622/4-major-rivers-to-undergo-major-watershed-rehab Source:  Philippine Daily Inquirer | 16 May 2014
Published on 21 May 2014 Global
Professor Judith Curry, of the Georgia Institute of Technology, said it had the potential to do as much damage to climate science as the ‘climategate’ scandal, where the University of East Anglia was accused of manipulating data and attempting to suppress critics. In the past year the journal has also been criticised for promoting a paper which suggested that 97 per cent of climate change…
Published on 21 May 2014 Southeast Asia
The following link will take you to INQUIRER.net: https://globalnation.inquirer.net/104158/asean-one-community-urged-on-climate-change Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer | 12 May 2014
Published on 16 May 2014 Vietnam
It is the aim of the city's plan to treat solid waste in moving towards fulfilling the vision toward 2050, recently signed by Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai. The new solid-waste treatment plants will be located in suburban areas, including Gia Lam District's Phu Dong Commune, Phu Xuyen District's Chau Can Commune, Thanh Oai District's Cao Duong Commune and My Duc District's My Thanh…
Published on 16 May 2014 Feature
Eulita Dumpay, a 57-year-old resident of Dagami, shared her family’s struggle to make both ends meet when their only source of livelihood was destroyed. She worked as a farm laborer while her husband Paquito, 58, tended coconut trees owned by a landlord. She said work became scarce after the typhoon because even the landlords suffered great losses. “All the hard work and sacrifices were blown…
Published on 16 May 2014 Vietnam
"The difference from a farmer who's not certified is that I can only use authorised substances and I also have to leave at least two weeks between the last treatment and the harvest," Tran says, as he inspects his plot. To meet demand from the emerging middle classes and the new big retailers, agriculture is starting to adopt minimal standards for environmental protection and public…
Published on 16 May 2014 Global
Amphibians, such as frogs and salamanders, are suffering greatly from climate change and other outside impacts. Invasive species, such as non-native fish being introduced in the American West's mountainous areas, are further impacting native amphibians. "Amphibians predominantly use mountainous areas' small, shallow ponds to breed and feed," said Maureen Ryan, one of the researchers, in a news release. "These kinds of wetlands are at the…
Published on 16 May 2014 Feature
So what did they find? It turns out that butterflies emerged up to three weeks earlier and reached peak numbers sooner in southern Ohio than mid- and northern Ohio. Yet warmer temperatures aren't always a good thing. The scientists estimated heat from urbanization, calculating the percent of impervious surface within 1 kilometer of each monitoring site. When the heat was added to the already warmer…
Published on 16 May 2014 Vietnam
As a result, the Government’s policy to increase renewable energy source by 8 per cent of total commercial power output by 2020 and 11 per cent by 2050. HCMC and provinces nationwide have cooperated with businesses to subsidise consumers with VND1 million a solar water heater. The country has around 42,000 heaters sold in the market every year with annual growth rate of 20 percent…
Published on 16 May 2014 Feature
Sano, who following COP19 has become the unofficial face of the movement, describes it as "a spontaneous global phenomenon". "Since my original fast it has snowballed into #fastfortheclimate. The social media campaign is now moving into a new era of more organised collaboration among the participating organisations. This month we launched an online platform." Sano recognises that the campaign has yet to see concrete results…
Published on 16 May 2014 Global
The research indicates that the world is indeed getting warmer, but historical records show that it hasn't happened everywhere at the same rate. And that new information even took scientists by surprise. "Global warming was not as understood as we thought," said Zhaohua Wu, an assistant professor of meteorology at FSU. Wu led a team of climate researchers including Fei Ji, a visiting doctoral student…
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